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Sit down and write!

41vE++wPhKL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_I think my friend Claire over at Scribblings calls it free writing, while I call it writing practice, because I discovered it as a form of Zen practice in a wonderful little (but great!) book called Writing Down the Bones, by Natalie Goldberg.
Yea, I mention it quite often.
It’s one of the two books that got me back to writing when I was in university.
Anyway, writing practice or free writing, no matter what you call it, is one of those things writers sometimes do, basically setting a timer and writing whatever comes to mind.

How it is done?
Just like that.
You sit in a place you like, pick the writing tools you prefer (pens, pencils, loose paper, copybooks, keyboard and software… anything goes) and then you write what comes to you.
As simple – or hard – as that. Continue reading


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Warm-ups

Cover of "Writing down the Bones"

Nathalie Goldberg’s Writing Down the Bones is (together with Tom Robbin’s Still Life with Woodpecker) the book that got me back to writing after a long dry spell, back in the ’90s*.

Right now I’m re-reading my second-hand copy of Wild Mind – Living the Writier’s Life, which is an ideal sequel to Writing Down the Bones.

The book was very dear to the previous owner – words and passages are underlined, stars are to be found in the margins, marking ideas or paragraphs the previous owner found significant. Continue reading